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Director Maarten Hajer is leaving PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for Utrecht University


On 1 October 2015, Professor Maarten Hajer will step down as Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Hajer has been appointed distinguished Professor of Urban Futures at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University.

Hans Mommaas appointed Director-General at PBL


The Dutch Council of Ministers has appointed Professor Hans Mommaas as Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, per 1 November 2015. He succeeds Professor Maarten Hajer, who will leave PBL on 1 October, after a directorship of seven years. Hajer was PBL’s first Director-General.

Green economy is vital for EU’s global competitiveness


The European Union risks falling behind other world economies unless it takes advantage of the move to a green economy. This was one of the conclusions at the conference 'Green Economy: Opportunities for Growth, Jobs and Innovation in Europe', organised by the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA network) on 5 June in Brussels.

Environmental damage and energy tax reform: the Dutch challenge


The ‘green result’ of the Dutch energy tax system could be significantly improved by better aligning the tax structure with overall environmental damage costs. Energy tax reform in the Netherlands should be prioritised on the basis of its long-term contribution to a robust tax structure, not only in terms of its revenue-raising capacity but also its environmental regulatory impact.


The road to Paris: INDC tool

The PBL Climate Pledge INDC tool tracks  the emission reduction proposals and policies that countries are submitting in the run-up to the Paris Climate Summit. Updated each time new countries submit their proposals, the tool gives up-to-date information on the effects of these proposals on the projected emissions of greenhouse gases.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.

PBL Academy lecture of Jason Shogren

On 2 July, prof. dr. Jason Shogren gave a PBL Academy lecture on ‘Behavioral Underpinnings of Environmental Policy’.

Nature Outlook 2016

What is the potential of new coalitions of governments, businesses and citizens to contribute to the EU's biodiversity goals? In the Nature Outlook, PBL uses a new approach to explore this question. Based on the multiple visions that people and businesses have on nature, the study will elaborate four different perspectives for nature in the EU by 2050, exploring the synergies between them and identifying corresponding coalitions of actors. What are the actions they can take to bring desired futures near?